Chemotherapy for advanced prostate cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. If the prostate cancer continues to advance and spread to other parts of your body despite using ADT, chemotherapy may be suitable. Chemotherapy may also be offered as your first treatment in combination with ADT.

Generally, chemotherapy is given through a drip (infusion) into a vein (intravenously). It is usually given once every three weeks and you do not need to stay overnight in hospital.

Side effects of chemotherapy may include fatigue; hair loss; changes in blood counts increasing the risk of bleeding or infections; numbness or tingling in the hands or feet (peripheral neuropathy); changes in nails; and rare side effects, such as allergic reactions or blockages of the tear ducts. Fortunately, improved medicines have greatly reduced the impact of chemotherapy on quality of life.

To find out more about chemotherapy, call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or see Chemotherapy.

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This information was last reviewed in March 2018
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